Hey my beauties! It has been a long time since I’ve mentioned my relaxed hair, and even longer since I talked about actually getting a relaxer done. Today, I am currently two weeks post relaxer, and an update is long overdue. I have recently switched my relaxer to one that is has tons of hype around it and that is the Creme of Nature Straight from Eden relaxer system. I am a sucker for new hair products and I knew that my product junkie heart would not rest until I tried out this relaxer for myself. Today, I will be reviewing the relaxer system, as well as other products from the Straight From Eden line that I used on my relax day (Monday, November 24th).
Relaxer System: Creme of Nature Straight From Eden Type B (for normal, coarse and resistant hair); two boxes used for relaxer day.
In the relaxer kit, you should expect to see the 100% Plant-Dervied Straightening Creme (labeled A), the Activator (labeled B), the Creme Booster (labeled C), the Plant-Dervived Hydrating Shampoo, the Plant-Dervived Conditioning Treatment, a wooden applicator, gloves, and literature about the relaxer including application times and instructions for retouches and first time relaxers.
Before my relaxer prep week, I wore my hair straight to clip off any dead ends I saw. This helped m get rid of hair that were stringy, knotty, and just down right thin. To prep for my relaxer, I clarified my hair with the Elasta QP Soy Oyl Neutralizing Shampoo and skipped the deep conditioner. Three weeks before my relaxer, I used too much protein in my hair, and needed my relaxer to really break down those protein bonds to help soften my hair. Sounds crazy I know, but I was hoping that this worked. After clarifying my hair, I did a flexi-rod set to stretch my hair and make it easier to see where my natural hair ended and my relaxed strands began. I did this on a Thursday I believe, and relaxed on Monday.
I always have my mom relax my hair for me, but I guide her in what to do first. Before mixing up the relaxer, my mom lined my scalp, ears, and nape with heavy petroleum jelly. She coated my relaxed ends with a heavy amount of castor oil and separated my hair into four sections. I used both of the relaxers picture above to relax my hair; trust me, when you’re about a year post relaxer, you’ll need two relaxer kits. One great thing about this relaxer is that it did not burn my scalp AT ALL. Once the relaxer was applied and smoothed, I jumped in the shower to begin the neutralizing process. Here is how I neutralize my hair and add protein to my hair while in the shower:
- I begin by rinsing my hair of the relaxer under warm to hot water. I will rinse my hair of the relaxer until my hair no longer feels heavy and weighed down.
- Once the relaxer is out of my hair, I apply the ApHogee 2-Minute Reconstructor and leave it on for five minutes. This time around, I split my hair into two sections to apply this mid-step protein treatment and combed the treatment in my hair. While waiting to rinse out, I gathered my neutralizing shampoos to be within arms reach/
- After the five minutes have past, I neutralized my hair with the Creme of Nature Plant-Derived Hydrating Shampoo. I did not like this shampoo as a neutralizer, although this is the shampoo that came with the relaxer kit. I saw no color change when I applied the shampoo and washed/rinsed twice. It was time to bring out my old faithful Elasta QP Soy Oyl Neutralizing Shampoo. With this shampoo, I shampooed my hair until I no longer saw pink suds, which was about 6 more times.
- After shampooing/neutralizing my hair thoroughly, I wrapped my hair in my Turbie Twist hair towel, allowing it to soak up the excess water.
- On damp hair, I applied the Plant-Derived Conditioning Treatment and deep conditioned for 30 minutes. Now, while I enjoyed the softness this product gave my hair as I deep conditioned, applying this product wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be, The deep conditioner felt sticky on my hands and hair and that is something I do not like. Despite that, I really like this deep conditioner.
- After deep conditioning, I rinsed with cool water and let my hair air dry. I straightened my hair to give myself a trim and I wore my hair straightened for a week.
My hair after relaxer. Hair was straightened and slightly curled for body.
Would I use this relaxer again? Yes, for a multitude of reasons. This relaxer felt very gentle on my hair and didn’t burn my scalp. It also did not have that tell-all relaxer smell, which made the experience for me and my mother a better one that we’ve had in the past. Although this relaxer did straighten out my hair greatly, it did not get it bone straight, which is something I loved. If you don’t mind a little texture in your hair when you relax, this relaxer is perfect, however, I wouldn’t recommend this if you want your hair bone straight. I could personally do without the shampoo as a neutralizer, but it does do well as a shampoo after the relaxer. I used it on 1-week post hair and it left my hair feeling soft, but clean.
I hope you found this review helpful. If I missed anything or didn’t answer all of your questions, please feel free to leave them down below and I will be sure to answer them. I hope you have a fabulous day, and until next time, bye!